Australian Open Drive-in Theatres

Australian Open Drive-in Theatres

Drive-in theatres (also known as "Drive-In Cinemas" or "Drive-ins") were once very popular in Australia. There were once over 330 drive-in theatres open, but since the early 1980s, most drive-ins closed following the introduction of video cassette recorders and changing consumer tastes, leading to alternative land uses.

However, a handful of drive-in theatres still survive and some have in fact prospered. In the 1990s, the Coburg Drive-in Theatre in Melbourne, was expanded to 3 screens, as was the Dromana Drive-in Theatre which now also has 3 screens. In more recent times the former Dandenong Panoramic Drive-in, in Victoria, has been reopened as the Lunar Drive-in Theatre and now boasts 3 screens. The Wonga Drive-in Theatre in Queensland has also expanded and now has 3 screens also. The Rodeo Drive In at Mareeba, near Cairns has new owners and is attracting good crowds.

Along with a few metropolitan operations, there are a number of Drive-ins serving remote communities such as Jericho in Queensland.

The remaining drive-ins provide a glimpse of what was a very popular pastime in the 1950s and 1960s. The following is a listing of Australia's remaining open drive-in theatres. It also includes portable operations in which patrons can either drive or sit down to see a movie outdoors.


*Dandenong: [ Lunar Drive-in Theatre] , Dandenong (3 screens)
*Coburg: Triple Drive-in Theatre, Coburg (3 Screens)
*Dromana: [ Dromana 3 Drive-in] , Dromana (3 Screens)

New South Wales

*Blacktown: Greater Union Blacktown Skyline (2 Screens)
*Heddon Greta Skyline
*Lightning Ridge


* [ Ayr Stardust Drive In]
*Yatala Twin Drive-In Theatre (2 screens)
*Charters Towers Tors
*Mareeba Rodeo Drive In
*Wonga Triple Drive In Theatre

Western Australia

*Galaxy Drive-in Theatre, Kingsley (Perth)
*Kununurra Picture Gardens (scroll down the page for details)
*Margaret River
*Mt Tom Price Open Air Drive In Theatre
*Wyndham Picture Gardens

outh Australia

*Coober Pedy: Desert Drive-in Theatre (1 screen)
*Gepps Cross: Wallis Mainline Drive-in Theatre (1 screen)

Northern Territory

*None still open, although Darwin's Deckchair Cinema provides seats in an outdoor setting.


*None still open

Australian Capital Territory

*None still open

Portable Drive-in Theatres

*Galaxy Travelling Outdoor Cinema
*Moonlight Cinema


* [ Drive-insdownunder - An Australian Drive-In Theatre Tribute site with much history and photos]
* [ Ayr Stardust Drive-In]
* [ Charters Towers Tors Drive-In]
* [ Heddon Greta Drive-In]

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